John Lennon’s 75th birthday and the 35th anniversary of his passing will be commemorated in the Seattle area this season with bookend concerts called “The John Lennon Jam” starring world-renowned Beatles tribute band, Apple Jam. Lennon’s birthday will be celebrated Friday, October 9, 2015 at Bake’s Place in Bellevue, Washington (2 shows). Then December 8, 2015, Apple Jam will perform at Seattle’s Triple Door to honor his life and music. Apple Jam will showcase the music of John Lennon, from the Beatles through his solo years, including fan favorites but also deep cuts and rare tracks. The John Lennon Examiner has spoken to Steve Roseta, of Roseta Productions, today, August 31, 2015, about the scope and theme of the two shows.
“The shows will be diverse,” Roseta told us, “with several surprises. The set lists will include favorites everyone wants to hear but also many rarities. For example, you can expect to hear iconic oldies that the most devoted fans will know, such as ‘Come Go With Me’, one that Lennon sang, with his own words–at that memorable Liverpool garden fete where Paul McCartney first met him; and ‘Twenty Flight Rock’, the one McCartney played for Lennon after that show to impress him. The Beatles numbers will feature the ones Lennon himself wrote and sang, like ‘The Word’, and ‘Hey Bulldog’, while the solo numbers will take you from ‘Imagine’, to songs from ‘Walls & Bridges’, and of course ‘Double Fantasy’. Yet there’s so much more that will be surprising.”
We asked Roseta if the two shows would be similar. He said, “No, actually, the show at Bake’s will be 80% different than the one at the Triple Door. The 75th birthday show at Bake’s will focus on earlier, more upbeat Beatles material, and the 35th anniversary show at Triple Door will have more later solo material, and more of his introspective work. Also, I might mention that the set will include ‘Surprise Surprise’, which as you know John wrote for May Pang. If you remember, Apple Jam serenaded May with that song at her exhibit in Seattle in May of this year at Krab Jab Studios.”
Steve pointed out that Apple Jam will also be celebrating its own anniversary at the Triple Door show. “The show at the Triple Door on December 8 will also mark the tenth anniversary of Apple Jam’s first show in 2005, which honored the 25th anniversary of John’s death.” The formation of Apple Jam was in support of “(Just Like) Starting Over,” a stage play based on John Lennon’s final interview. Apple Jam’s line-up includes: Rick Lovrovich (bass), Johnny Jones (keyboards), Jakael Tristram (guitar), Doug Kilishek (guitar), and Josh Jones (drums)
Bake’s Place – Show times for the “John Lennon Jam” on October 9, 2015 at Bake’s Place are 7:00 and 9:45pm. Admission is $25 and tickets can be purchased here.
Triple Door – The second “John Lennon Jam” at Seattle’s Triple Door on December 8, 2015 is at 7:30pm. Admission is $25 and tickets can be purchased here.
Don’t miss these great concert clips of Apple Jam’s prior shows here.
John Lennon was born October 9, 1940 in Liverpool. He was killed December 8, 1980 just after his 40th birthday and putting out his final album, “Double Fantasy.” Both dates are honored each year by fans, but this will be a special year as he would have been 75 years old.